Speaking of fav books by ZG, I'd like to start a discussion of the group on 
other fav authors who were contemporaries of ZG.
I'm a collector of books by certain writers of the same era as ZG.   They 
hold the same moral values, their descriptions of landscapes, their soaring 
imaginations when exploring space, or underwater, or jungle kingdoms are 
uncomparable.  These are classics.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jules Verne
Edgar Allen Poe
CS Lewis
HG Wells
Mary Shelley

and so many more that I am forgetting.

Just think of the unknown worlds that they've explored.  Even before space 
travel!  Exploring other dimensions.  Other science.   Without these writers 
sparking our imaginations, would we have landed on the moon as quickly?  
Would science have gone so far in cloning experiments?

Imagination is a gift.  It's also something that is slowly being lost in 
this age of GameBoys, etc.   When was the last time you saw kids out in the 
yard playing cowboys and Indians?   Playing Tarzan when playing in the 
woods, swinging from monkey vines, climbing trees?   Playing in the kitchen, 
stirring mud and water, and spices and flour that you found in mom's 
cupboards pretending you were a scientist?   Setting in a cardboard box, and 
pretending you were on a rocket ship to Mars?


Get your kids out of the house, away from the tv.  Away from the computer.  
Push them out the door, take them for a walk in the woods and let them 
actually PLAY!   Take away the beeping, lit up, noisemaking toys.   Teach 
them to use their imagination.

be blessed,   Shenandoah

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